Beware: Second-hand car for sale may be stolen unit PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 14 December 2014 14:18

Sr. Supt. Severino B. Agustin, Highway Patrol Group-9 chief, advises people wanting to acquire a second-hand vehicle to assert their rights before closing the deal.

He said prospective buyers should first determine first the status of a second-hand vehicle by checking it with his office and other agencies like the Land Transportation Office.

Agustin said a buyer of a second-hand car must not be carried away by sweet talks of the seller and alibis like pretending that he orshe is selling the second-hand vehicle because of personal problems like hospital medication of her child or  any family member.

Agustin disclosed that  recently his men flagged down a second-hand Toyota Innova for violation of the seatbelt regulation. The driver/possessor  of the Innova was from Tugbungan. When HPG-9 operatives checked it with HPG Vehicle Information Management System (HPG VIMS ), it was found out the black Innova model 2012 is under  alarm status  number 2013- 0603-021. It was stolen while parked and unattended in Marawi City.

During investigation, the possessor of the Innova revealed that he and his wife bought the car for P300,000. When the HPG-9 helped the couple locate the seller, the latter was nowhere  to be found.

The vehicle was impounded at Camp Batalla with the conduct of macro-etching examination by the Police Regional Office 9 Crime Laboratory for proper disposition.

Agustin lauded Supt. Alejandro O. Espiritu III, Senior Inspector Mervin Claret, SPOI Joel Claret, PO3 Bobby Solis, PO3 Albert Mamaril and PO2 Ronald Aldojesa for a job well done in recovering the stolen vehicle. — Allen Abastillas